Arnold "A.J." Joseph Thornton

October 24, 1962June 27, 2013

Mr. Arnold Joseph “A.J.” Thornton, age 50, a native and lifelong resident of Mobile, AL died on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at a local hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. A.J. was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Harold Thornton, Sr.; mother, Hester Johnson Thornton and sister, Kathy Thornton Hartman. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Sherrie Roberts Thornton; two beautiful daughters, Erin and Emily Thornton; four brothers, Dennis (Brenda) Thornton, Frankie (Sharron) Thornton, Bubba (Trish) Thornton, Tony (Lisa) Thornton; brother in law, James Hartman; three sisters, Cecilia (Bruce) Twine, Julie (Marty) Dubose, Janet (Mark) Beutjer; father and mother in law, Don and Pat Roberts; sister in law; Laurie (Dickie) Nichols, Sharon (Dwayne) Sixbury, many nieces, nephews, special friends and cousins and his loving four legged companion “Coach”. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11 AM from Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 5 to 8 PM at Radney Funeral Home with Rosary said at 7:00 PM. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be his very close friends. A.J. touched the lives and hearts of many, young and old and will forever be sadly missed by all. The family of A.J. Thornton would like to give a very special thank you to Dr. Nicole Angel and Southern Cancer Center for the devotion of care that was given. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff on the 12th floor of Providence Hospital, Dr. Steven Alsip, the nurses of NPHC and Springhill Home Healthcare. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 1, 2013

Arnold "A.J." Joseph Thornton

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John Peck

July 27, 2013

I met A.J. about 12 years ago while working for a company here in the metro Atlanta area. He was always great to deal with business wise and was fair and honest. We got to know him and his wonderful family better on vacation at his condo in Orange Beach. A.J. was a high character man of the first order and we are deeply saddened by his passing. Please dear God bless and watch over his beautiful family as they continue on lifes journey.

The Peck Family, John, Donna, Shelby and Nicholas (Loganville, GA)

Tonya Koppersmith, R.N.

July 18, 2013

I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Thornton will be missed by all of us.

July 7, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. A.T. was a wonderful man and he will be missed by many. May the peace of the Lord bless and keep you.

Suzanne Carpenter Scott
Mobile, AL
BHS Class of 81

Teri Anderson

July 7, 2013

Anyone who ever met arnold could immediately sense a special spark in him. even as a young 7th grader when i met A.T. ( my bro named him) his Eyes were kind, With a wonderful smile and a wonderful attitude. It was easy to be yourself around AT. I will see u when i get to heaven, man.

Mike & Julie Behm

July 2, 2013

So sorry for your loss, prayers go out to the entire Thornton family


July 1, 2013


Tracie Broadus

July 1, 2013

Our thought and prayers go out to your family, Arnold was a kind and generous person he will be greatly missed.....May God be with you in this time of sorrow. Mark and Tracie (Lins) Broadus

Tom Rickert

July 1, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Sherrie and girls and his other family members. AJ was always cheerful and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. Another BAMA fan in heave to watch over us. May you rest in peace my friend!!!

Paula McKinnell

July 1, 2013

To the entire Thornton family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are ALL in my prayers.

Sheri Mullin

July 1, 2013

Dear Sherrie...Words cannot describe how sorry i am to hear this. I will always remember what a beautiful couple you were and how proud I am of Arnold for giving you a wonderful life. God, family and friends will be here for you and i will be in constant prayer that you will find peace in this difficult time in your life. i would love to see you for lunch one day and know that I think of you and your sister often and i am sooooooooo glad we spent time together in this life.It enriched my teaching career. I love you. Sheri Mullin